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THE 2016 DROUGHT IN Tennessee garnered most attention for its relevance to the catastrophic wildfires that
destroyed parts of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains in late November. Lesser known is the impact that the
drought had on water systems in southeast Tennessee. Although subsequent rains wiped out the worst of the drought
conditions, they did not erase the story of exceptional measures by state agencies and local municipalities in conjunction
with numerous water professionals to ensure that Tennesseans in Bledsoe County were supplied with adequate
drinking water.

It all started with two emails
On Monday, October 24, 2016, Tennessee American Water sent out an email asking if anyone knew of a 0.5 MGD
portable water treatment system that could be used to help a drought stricken utility. Based on previous experience, Smith
Seckman Reid (SSR) replied that both Pall Corporation and GE Water had mobile membrane filtration units that could meet
this requirement.
At the same time, an email was circulating internally at SSR asking for assistance with a prison - the Bledsoe County
Correction Complex (BCCX) - that was experiencing water shortages. Representatives from the Tennessee Department
of Correction (TDOC) were holding a meeting at SSR to discuss alternatives to ensure provision for the 2,500 inmates of
BCCX. TDOC indicated that their primary source of water, the city of Pikeville, was curtailing them because all their wells
were beginning to run dry. Their secondary source of water was the Taft Water Treatment Plant, which TDOC owned and
operated. Unfortunately, they estimated that the Bee Creek Reservoir that supplies its source water only had 38 days of
storage remaining, and debris collecting at the intake had recently dropped their actual raw water pump capacity by about
75 percent. Additionally, because the water level was so depressed in this reservoir, the water that they were treating was
very high in manganese and difficult to treat.
Messages to and from Tennessee American confirmed that this was the water system they were inquiring about from
the previous day. With the dots connected, the SSR team began to investigate the potential of treating water using mobile
treatment units and asked if there were any suitable sources in the area. A quick Google Earth search identified the Fall
Creek Falls State Park (FCFSP) Lake as the largest reservoir in the area. Subsequent discussions also indicated that the
Taft WTP supplied water to the park through the Fall Creek Falls Utility District (FCFUD) distribution system, so there was
already piping in the ground to convey water from a mobile plant. Further discussions ensued regarding other alternatives
including trucking bulk water from neighboring systems.
The meeting ended with a mandate from TDOC for SSR to evaluate the feasibility and costs associated with both
of these alternatives and have a summary ready the next day. It was agreed to use three months as the term for
the evaluation based upon National Weather Service projections that the drought could last until the spring of 2017.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of WaterPro Magazine - 2017

Rural Water Systems Flourishing with Support of USDA
NRWA's Regulatory Committee
Associational Opportunity
The Success of the Revolving Loan
Tennessee’s Volunteers Establish Emergency Water Treatment Plant in Under Three Weeks
WaterPro Apprenticeship Advances
NRWA Products and Services
From the President
From the Deputy CEO
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
WaterPro Magazine - 2017 - Intro
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WaterPro Magazine - 2017 - From the President
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WaterPro Magazine - 2017 - From the Deputy CEO
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WaterPro Magazine - 2017 - Rural Water Systems Flourishing with Support of USDA
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WaterPro Magazine - 2017 - NRWA's Regulatory Committee
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WaterPro Magazine - 2017 - Associational Opportunity
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WaterPro Magazine - 2017 - The Success of the Revolving Loan
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WaterPro Magazine - 2017 - Tennessee’s Volunteers Establish Emergency Water Treatment Plant in Under Three Weeks
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WaterPro Magazine - 2017 - WaterPro Apprenticeship Advances
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WaterPro Magazine - 2017 - NRWA Products and Services
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WaterPro Magazine - 2017 - Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
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